Adrien Broner was dominated in Saturday's unanimous decision loss to Marcos Maidana, but the promising 24-year-old American still has plenty of time to make up for the disappointing effort.
With a bright future on the horizon despite falling to 27-1, there is no need for Broner to call for a rematch with Maidana already. Such a motion would be premature, and acting on haste and revenge is no way to approach selecting future opponents.
A second straight bout between the two would be intriguing in light of the surprising upset Maidana pulled off in capturing the WBA welterweight title at San Antonio's Alamodome.
However, it is not in Broner's best interest as he was dismantled 117-110, 116-109 and 115-100 on the three scorecards.
That didn't stop him from proclaiming that he wanted to face Maidana again the next time he enters the ring, per BoxingScene.com's David P. Greisman.
"I'll tell you one thing: Make a rematch. I don't need a warm-up fight. I want a rematch," said Broner. "I'm OK. I'm still a three-time world champion in three different weight classes."
Prolific boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. encouraged Broner after the loss.
However, Broner also had some more interesting things to say. One of them ties to the assertion that he's still "OK," which is what he said in discussing the rematch possibility.
Broner reaffirmed his position that he would indeed seek to duke it out again with Maidana.
As documented by ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, Broner indicated that he isn't planning on changing his style; though, he came out on the wrong end of the fight.
I'm not here to make any excuses. We're not going to sit in sorrow. We're still going to live tomorrow like we won the fight. I'm still going to party and have fun. My first afterparty is going to be on Tuesday in Cincinnati. We gonna have fun.
Fair enough. Broner wants to blow off some steam, and sometimes, what makes many athletes great is being able to forget the lower moments and focus on the positive and what's next.
What will Marcos Maidana do next?
But, based on how thorough the beating Maidana laid on Broner was, he should not necessarily be going to a party. There is nothing to celebrate.
In the long run, Broner will be "OK." Right now, he isn't.
The young man is a captivating talent and one who is not afraid to showcase some swagger. Sometimes it's to a fault, though, and it hadn't backfired on him until the first loss of his professional career.
ESPN.com's Brian Campbell noted what happened to Broner when he exited the arena.
Broner leaves the ring in a hurry without doing an interview as the crowd drills him with cups and debris.— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellESPN) December 15, 2013
The feasibility of a rematch is difficult due to the brashness Broner displayed before. He fell flat in a marquee fight and will be more of a difficult pay-per-view draw if his performance doesn't back up his big talk.
Boxing journalist Ryan Songalia believes that Maidana will capitalize on this landmark victory and attempt to seek a massive payday against a fighter of even higher status—hinting at Mayweather as a possible future foe.
Adrien Broner would love to get Marcos Maidana back in an immediate rematch. He won't. Maidana will look for the biggest payday #Mayweather— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) December 15, 2013
I imagine that by the time Broner gets a rematch with Maidana, Maidana will have already fought & lost to a big-money opponent— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) December 15, 2013
A Mayweather-Maidana tilt is something that Rafael expressed as well, with the narrative being Mayweather avenging the loss of his younger friend.
Mayweather vs. Maidana: Big Brother's Revenge. #boxing— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) December 15, 2013
Instead of being humbled in defeat, it appears as though Broner is not yet ready to learn from the failure. "The Problem" would rather find the short-term solution at the moment to absolve himself after an embarrassing effort rather than analyze the big picture.
That draws an interesting parallel to his party plans. Part of that may be that it is so soon after the fight and emotions are still running high.
This is uncharted territory for Broner—losing—but it is vital for him to take a step back, perhaps skip the party and think with as clear of a head as possible about what his next move will be.
There is no question Broner has the potential to continue his progression into one of the most elite boxers of his generation. What he does next is important, though.